Become a Mentor for Youth in the Mission!



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


3177 17th Street
San Francisco
United States


Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community based organization that provides comprehensive youth development and college access and persistence services to over 1,000 youth annually through two programs: The Learning Center and The College & Career Program. Our Learning Center works with low income middle and high school students as well as recent college graduates for a period of more than ten years – spanning middle school and high school graduation into the first few years of college or career – offering academic support and guidance, college and career advising, environmental education, mentoring, job training and counseling. Our College and Career Program at Mission High School, a public school serving predominantly low income and first generation students, includes college and career advising, scholarship assistance, scholarships, test preparation support and college application assistance. Seven Tepees has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million and inhabits the top floor of a building owned by the organization.

Mission: The mission of Seven Tepees is to work with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices and to create their own opportunities for success. Founded in 1995 by retired Juvenile Justice Daniel Weinstein and Native American healer Hully Fetico, Seven Tepees began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees – one representing each continent of the world.

Volunteers make Seven Tepees Youth Program possible, as we rely on your support to offer students every opportunity available.

In their 7th grade year, Seven Tepees students are paired with an adult volunteer mentor as part of the ten-year youth development program. While the mentor commitment is one year, the hope is mentor-mentee pairs will continue a long-lasting relationship beyond the structured program.

As a mentor, you will be a role model to a youth who will benefit from long-term one-on-one support from a caring adult. Mentors and youth participate in a wide range of activities together including Seven Tepees events, community service projects and planning expeditions on your own.

The 2018-2019 calendar of mentor events is available now:

  • 9/27 - Mentor/Mentee Training
  • 10/27 Mentor/Mentee Kick Off
  • 11/15 - Mentor/Mentee Goal Night
  • 12/13 - Mentor/Mentee Challenge Event
  • 1/19 - Mentor/Mentee Conference
  • 2/23 - Mentor/Mentee Rock Climbing
  • 3/21 - Mentor Social/6 Month Check In
  • 4/13-14 - Mentor/ Mentee Kayaking Overnight
  • 5/11 - Mentor/Mentee BBQ
  • June - Independent Community Service Outing
  • July - Independent Outing
  • August - Mentor/Mentee Closing (Date TBD)

Mentors are required to meet their mentee twice per month for one year. We are looking for individuals who will gain the satisfaction of forming a new friendship and support a youth as they set both academic and personal goals for their future.


  • Age requirement: 21
  • Commitment: 2 outings/month for one year
  • Mentor training will scheduled by the Mentor Program Coordinator
  • Must provide (2) references
  • Must provide a copy of car insurance if you have a vehicle


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families

How To Apply

For an application, please reach out to us via our website, or contact